Scientists Say Octopus Farms Would Be ‘Unethical’ and Awful for the Planet

I still remember the first time I tasted octopus. After an exhausting day reporting the troubles in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria, Gizmodo video producer Raúl Marrero and I headed to a seaside restaurant where I tried ensalada de pulpo as an appetiser. It was love at first bite. Read More >>

The Most Toxic Place You Could Go This Weekend Might Be a Nail Salon

I’m somewhat obsessed with painting my nails. About every two weeks or so, I choose a new colour from an assortment of reds and golds and whip out my nail clipper, nail file, polish remover, and trusted cotton balls. The chemical fumes that accompany this ritual – from the nail polish itself to the acetone-based nail polish remover – don’t bother me too much. They come with the territory. Read More >>

Google Wants to Use AI to Track Pollution from Every Power Plant on Earth

Satellites are our eyes in the sky or, er, in space. Now, a coalition of groups is turning to satellites and AI technology to help monitor emissions from all the world’s power plants. Read More >>

Where Does Life Flourish in Antarctica? Follow the Penguin Poo

The Antarctic is teeming with microscopic life: mites, water bears, and roundworms squirm around, invisible to the naked eye. In fact, the Antarctic is full of biodiversity hotspots—and they’re thanks to penguin and elephant seal poo. Read More >>

Simple Design Changes Could Make YouTube Better for the Planet, Researchers Say

YouTube is where youngsters go for their Baby Shark fix. It’s where beauty bloggers rejoice as they unbox their new favourite lipstick. As it turns out, the website—my 3-year-old niece’s one and only true love—also contributes to climate change in a fairly significant way. Read More >>

Scientists Say They’ve Cooked Up an Endlessly Recyclable Plastic

Plastics aren’t recycled nearly as much as we’d like them to be, but a team from Berkeley Lab has developed a method to hopefully make that process easier. In a recently published study, these researches describe a new type of plastic that can be broken down at the molecular level to create new plastic without any deterioration in quality. The goal is to improve the recycling process so that fewer plastics end up in landfills or oceans. Read More >>

New Board Game Challenges Players to Design a Perfect Planet

A new award-winning board game asks you to do a seemingly simple task: build the perfect planet for wildlife. Read More >>

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Indonesia Is Moving Its Capital City as the Current One Sinks Into the Sea

For as long as Indonesia has existed—even during colonial times—Jakarta has been its capital. But the 10 million-strong coastal city that sits on the northern coast of Java will soon lose that title, thanks to some serious infrastructural and environmental challenges. Read More >>

‘Biodegradable’ Bags Can Still Carry Groceries After Three Years in the Ground, Study Finds

I’m a cat owner, so cleaning up poo is a near daily occurrence. I buy special bags for my feline son, Mellow: the biodegradable type. If I’m going to dump his poop and pine litter into the trash, might as well use do so in something that decomposes, right? Read More >>

Scientists Create Giant Atlas of World’s Most Remote Reefs

Coral reefs line shores around the world, but they’re sometimes tough to spot because well, they’re underwater. Now, a group of researchers has found that satellite imagery is capable of mapping reefs on a global scale. They’ve used the technology, along with field studies, to create the world’s most thorough coral reef atlas to date—including some of the most remote reefs on Earth. Read More >>

These Governments Want to Fight Air Pollution by Controlling the Weather

Air pollution is taking over cities around the world. For instance, according to the US State of the Air report released Wednesday, nearly half of the people living in America deal with unhealthy air. In countries like South Korea and Thailand, however, that air pollution is on a whole other level. Read More >>

Scientists Dream of a Future Where Flying Cars Fight Climate Change

The flying car has been just a few years away for, well, years. The predictions aren’t getting more optimistic under President Donald Trump, but now science is offering a surprising new reason for us to make flying cars a reality: We might need them to fight climate change. Read More >>

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In Live Address Delivered 400 Feet Underwater, Seychelles President Calls on Humanity to Protect the Oceans

Some speeches happen at podiums. Others are better held in submersibles. Yes, underwater. Read More >>

There’s Microplastic Blowing in the Wind, Study Suggests

Some peaks throughout the Pyrénées Mountains of France stand more than 10,000 feet tall. Across the mountains’ ridges and valleys, adventurous visitors may spot a brown bear or a yellow lily, one of the wildflowers of the Pyrénées. But this mountain range is home to something else too, something not always visible to the human eye. And that’s plastic. Read More >>

These ‘Astroecologists’ Are Using Star-Spotting Tech to Count Endangered Animals

Astrophysicists sometimes turn to thermal infrared technology to help them find and study stars. The technology’s been around for decades, and it’s constantly evolving to reveal more about the cosmos. Now, some of these scientists are bringing their expertise to the world of conservation. If thermal cameras are capable of spotting distant stars, well, they must be capable of finding animals here on Earth, right? Read More >>